August 16th – Snakes in the Garage


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“Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess” –Samuel Johnson

Recently my parents found a copperhead snake in their garage. Like most people, they were unnerved at its discovery. It was coiled up in the shadows and could have easily struck at them in passing by. My dad quickly “removed” the snake –yes, both halves. Two days later, they were alarmed when, yet again, they found another snake trying to make its way into the same location.

When I heard the news, I jokingly told them, “If you were living right, you wouldn’t have to worry about snakes in the garage.” One week later I would have to eat those words.

I pulled into the driveway late one evening after a revival service. Waiting for the garage door to open, I noticed a black, squiggly line making its way into the shadows. You guessed it; I too, had a snake in the garage. I immediately remembered my words of rebuke, “If you were living right, you wouldn’t have to worry about snakes in the garage.”

Satan, the old serpent, is constantly on the prowl; he is trying to find a way into our lives. So we shouldn’t assume that someone is living in sin if or when he is attacked. You, too, may have a snake in your garage, and not even know it.

DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 14-17

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